First, my dear friend Kathryn Rose was finally able to unveil the cover of her YA Camelot steampunk book CAMELOT BURNING over at YABooksCentral.
Check out this gorgeousness...I don't even know where to begin talking about what I love about this cover.
By day, Vivienne is Guinevere's lady-in-waiting. By night, she's Merlin's secret apprentice, indulging in the new mechanical arts and science of alchemy. It's a preferred distraction from Camelot's gossipy nobility, roguish knights, and Lancelot's athletic new squire, Marcus, who will follow in all knights' footsteps by taking a rather inconvenient vow of chastity.
More than anything, Vivienne longs to escape Camelot for a future that wouldn't include needlework or marriage to a boorish lord or dandy. But when King Arthur's sorceress sister, Morgan le Fay, threatens Camelot, Vivienne must stay to help Merlin build a steam-powered weapon to defeat the dark magic machine Morgan will set upon the castle. Because if Camelot falls, Morgan would be that much closer to finding the elusive Holy Grail. Time is running out and Morgan draws near, and if Vivienne doesn't have Merlin's weapon ready soon, lives would pay the price, including that of Marcus, the only one fast enough to activate it on the battlefield.
Be sure to click over to YABC because they are having a giveaway for a signed finished hardcover of CAMELOT BURNING over there.
Second, another dear friend of mine, Kelsey Macke, is having a contest to pick the cover of her YA contemporary book DAMSEL DISTRESSED. Kels and her publisher put out a call to graphic designers to come up with a cover concept, and Team Kels narrowed it down to 10 awesome entries.
Go check out the poll to see all 10 and vote for your favorite. You can vote as often as you'd like...you can even vote for all of them if you want to. (Although I don't see what good that would do.)
I love this idea--it's fun to make the future readers of the book so involved in the process! It makes the final product seem so much more personal.
So many awesome things in the works for my friends lately! I just love sharing good news.